NORTHPORT found an improbable saint in Paolo Taha to nip Barangay Ginebra, 98-96, on Sunday and secure a spot in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Taha fell off the seat and made two major plays down the stretch as the Batang Pier got their subsequent straight success – and fifth in 11 games in the ends.
Michael Qualls drove the path with 30 points and 13 bounce back for NorthPort, which persevered through the season-finishing damage to youngster sensation Robert Bolick and import changes to arrive at the end of the season games.
The Gin Kings slipped to 7-4 and neglected to secure the third seed. Ginebra’s misfortune was really harder on Rain or Shine, which dropped out of quarterfinal dispute considerably after a success over Meralco in the day’s opening game.
The Batang Pier broke a 87-87 halt with a 10-5 run that saw Qualls score one bushel and et up Taha for a layup. Christian Standhardinger nailed a jumper to make it a 97-92 NorthPort lead.
Up by one, NorthPort made due after Justin Brownlee missed a jumper and Japeth Aguilar missed a tip-in. Taha made one of two free tosses, and Jeff Chan neglected to change over on an edgy hurl from three to end the game.
Sean Anthony delivered 18 and Standhardinger had 17 and 11 bounce back for NorthPort.
Brownlee had 31 for Ginebra, which saw its two-game series of wins end. The Gin Kings are currently in peril of going down to No. 4 seed contingent upon the aftereffect of the last round of the disposal round among TNT and San Miguel.